The Institute re-envisions Stanislavsky’s System of actor training as a living legacy that continually adapts the timeless art of acting to the evolving conditions under which today’s actors work. Stanislavsky’s innovative rehearsal technique, Active Analysis—as practiced by his most prominent assistant, Maria Knebel—is the Institute’s cornerstone for this evolving legacy. The technique’s dynamic principles and improvisatory approach foster in actors the independence, spontaneity, and flexibility they need to work across media and in differing aesthetic styles from realism to postdramatic works and beyond.
1) To provide accurate information about Stanislavsky’s life and forward-thinking work through publications, public lectures, and master classes.
2) To conduct STUDIOS that advance the principles of Active Analysis for contemporary performance. Recent STUDIOS have…
3) To experiment with Active Analysis in new technologies.
Sharon is an internationally acclaimed expert and master teacher of Active Analysis—a radical rehearsal technique created by Stanislavsky in his last years and named by his protégé, Maria Knebel, whose influence was second only to his. No one else brings such full authority to this technique as does Sharon. Fluent in Russian and experienced as a director and actor, Sharon learned Active Analysis from transcripts of Stanislavsky’s last classes, the writings and teaching of his assistant Maria Knebel, and from others who worked with Stanislavsky and Knebel personally. Sharon founded the Stanislavsky Institute for the 21st Century in order to promote Active Analysis as “a living legacy, because this technique fosters dynamic acting for today’s evolving forms of dramatic storytelling as surely as for the classics.”